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Meet and Greet with Author K.A. Holt
After her presentations to Thomas and South Middle School students, K.A. Holt, author of middle-grade books Rhyme Schemer (2016 Caudill nominee) and House Arrest will be at the library for a book-signing reception. Her book House Arrest was one of the most in-demand titles during the 2016 summer reading program. Books will be available for purchase (or bring your own). Stop in and meet the author, get your book signed and enjoy light refreshments.

Date and time: Monday, December 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Marketplace
Drop in - No registration required

This popular monthly film discussion program presented by Daily Herald movie critic Dann Gire and film historian and novelist Raymond Benson offers a fun-filled evening discussing a different film theme each month, including film clips, cinema history, trivia and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Date and time: Thursday, December 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m. 
Location: Hendrickson Room

Meet fellow writers, bring pages to share (or just come to listen) and join in a guided critique
led by a writing instructor at this monthly meeting for local writers.
Dates: Wednesday, December 14
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Conference Room I

Bullet Journal blogger Shelby Abrahamsen will explain this note-taking/list-making/ground-breaking organizational technique and help you get started with creating a hands-on page of your own to take home.
Date and time: Saturday, December 3, 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: Hendrickson Room

Hootsuite can help you step away from your business over the holidays and become more strategic with your social media content. Join us for a live, on-screen demo of this powerful productivity tool.
Date and time: Tuesday, December 6, noon–1 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Adults, business

Following a six-month pilot period, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted to extend the library’s weekend hours, remaining open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opening the library an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., on Sundays. The cost for the library’s extended hours will be managed within the library’s currently approved budget.
The library’s new hours are:
Monday–Friday  9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
The pilot program was based upon a recent survey of library customers which indicated many residents wished the library offered more hours on the weekends. An extensive study of customer use during the pilot program confirmed these survey results. For example, use of the Studio saw a 67 percent increase in weekend reservations. On average, 165 customers visited the library per hour during the pilot program, using the library during hours the library previously would have not been open.
"These expanded hours stem from the fact that people's lives are busier than ever, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to visit the library," said Executive Director Jason Kuhl. “We saw strong use of the library in all areas and are happy to continue this customer service going forward.”

Drop by this holiday sale featuring like-new books for adults and kids, DVDs, CDs and more - perfect for gift giving. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
Friends' Holiday Lobby Sale
Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lower Level Lobby

Pick a book you've been dying to share with someone, wrap it up and share the joy of your reading find. We'll be doing a White Elephant exchange of books, with food, of course. Books do not need to be new; bring your annotated copy of your favorite, the garage sale muse, any book you want to share with others. Discuss with like-minded bibliophiles, and get a new book to immerse yourself in. For adults and teens.
Date and time: Sunday, December 4, 5–6:30 p.m.
Location: Fox and Hound, 910–918 W. Dundee Road

Adults, Teen
Arlington Heights cardholders can schedule a one-hour appointment to have their resumes reviewed. Maximum of two reviews within a six-month period or three reviews in a one-year period.
Date and time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesdays afternoons
Location: Appointment Room next to the Shackley Room

Adults, business
"I was always looking at the world as a laboratory of ideas," author Eric Weiner told an audience of 180 people who gathered at the library on November 3 to hear the award-winning journalist and NPR contributor speak about his latest book, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the Worlds' Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, the 2016 One Book, One Village (OBOV) selection.
In an interview-style program moderated by guest interviewer Mary Luckritz, Head of the English and Fine Arts Division at Rolling Meadows High School, Weiner spoke candidly about his writing career which has evolved from veteran war correspondent covering Middle East conflicts to that of nonfiction travel writer.
"I'd come back from reporting on places like Afghanistan and people would ask me 'but what was it really like over there,'" said Weiner. "I realized that what people wanted to know or really wanted to hear were the stories of locals talking in bars or cafes and what their lives were like."
These encounters gave rise to Weiner's current assignment of "travel with a purpose," and three award-winning books which intimately explore places around the globe and cleverly connect them with ideas like bliss, divinity and the theme of this year's OBOV selection - genius and creativity.
"One trait all geniuses or places of genius share is an openness to experience," said Weiner citing cities like Athens, Vienna and Florence then adding, "Geniuses are the people who look at something that everyone else sees and they see something different."
Following the 50-minute conversation on-stage, the author fielded questions from the audience with Weiner jokingly describing the perfect suitcase "bulletproof and easy to grab my phone and notebook" to offering advice on nurturing creativity.
"Take breaks from your work, go for a walk...encourage messiness, have conversations, lots of conversations," Weiner reflected, "You have to be willing to take a detour and realize the destination may not be where you expected."

An Evening with Author Eric Weiner event capped off a day-long exchange between the Washington, D.C.-based author and the Arlington Heights community about The Geography of Genius. Earlier in the day, he spoke to 130 students at Rolling Meadows High School. Read more in the Daily Herald.

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